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Ink: A Mermaid Romance (Falling in Deep Collection)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king…

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier.

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mer
Paperback, 124 pages
Published May 17th 2015 by Clockpunk Press
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Abigail Earle
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I got this book for free. I don't often give books 1 star because I usually can find some redeeming quality in them, but this was just terrible.
It was short, which was both a blessing and a curse. I was happy to be done with it in a few hours, but I think the book would have actually been better had it been full-length. As I was reading, my kindle kept telling me I only had 10 minutes left in the book and we were literally still in the middle of the story with so many lose ends that se
Ronda  Tutt
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Mermaid Tale Fix

I'm totally hooked, Wow, for a novella I was surprised at how it is packed with very clear and visionary details of the whole mermaid world and other shapeshifter species and how their survival skills have kept them alive. Inks tale is sad in that her parents were murdered and in how the upsur of power was gained from her deceitful uncle. But at the same time it was awesome to read how Ink took her own revenge and save her mermaid clan and other species on bot
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It's amazing how much can be crammed into a novella, but this could still very easily be turned into a novel. I was not ready for the story to end. Give me MOOOOORE!

Melanie Karsak is the queen of strong female leads! Ink is kicking ass and taking names! I'm not talking just physical strength (although she certainly has some unique abilities going on), but her ability to stand strong through her pain, to put her own needs behind those in her tribe... I wanna be a mermaid just like her when I gro
Ty Wilson
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ink is a very nice novella. Some great world-building going on here, as Melanie Karsak creates a world beneath the water that expands up onto the land. She peoples it with mermaids, mermen, merdolphins and a wide variety of other shape shifters. There is romance and fighting, kings and queens, prophecies and promises kept. The author has managed to include a lot of story into such a short novella, and all of it beautifully written. I look forward to diving back into her writing again in the futu ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novella! I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I wish it was longer so there was more to read!
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mermaids are cool

This is really different. I haven't seen much of or read anything that deals with mermaids in the present. This story is driven by the challenges of mermaids trying to exist in the seas and oceans of the present.

The callousness of fishermen trapping dolphins and mermen to get at tuna and the toxic sludge at the bottom of the Gulf contaminating sea life and poised to do that indefinitely, are the biggest threats that mer-society has to deal with as well as the re
This was a good novella, but I didn't like the insta-love and a few other things (though I can't really explain without spoiling the story). Ink was a strong character and I appreciated that she cared about her kingdom enough to do what was so cruelly asked of her by her uncle. I'd definitely consider reading Indigo's story, if/when it gets released, since I thought she was a fun character.

3.5 stars
Kristen Kooistra
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Ink is a mermaid princess in a world where mermaids natural gifts are forbidden due to attempted regicide by a mermaid years ago.

Karsak takes mermaids and expands on them in new ways. First, she has the mermaids who in the past connected with the "Mother Ocean" and could use siren song for more than just luring sailors to their death. I liked the siren song had more layers and had a deeper sensation to it. I wish that aspect had been explored more, especially since it's Ink
Pauline Creeden
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Got a chance to beta read this one and LOVED it! So colorful and awesome world building ~ a fun, suspense-filled read that will leave you wanting more! (Typical Karsak)
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-owned
More like a 3.5 star rating. Not gonna lie, I kind of want to know what happens next.
Gypsy Madden
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ink herself is a strong heroine. A mermaid princess who typically doesn’t like having it dictated who she marries and being used as a political pawn (very stereotypical of a literary princess). The politics bored me and I found myself skimming a lot of this story. I’ve run into the idea of tribes of mermaids plenty of times in the mermaid books (though they’re usually called pods, not tribes). I did like the idea of an alligator shifter, haven’t run across any of those before. (Though I did have ...more
Ramona Plant
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ink, a Mermaid Romance is a captivating novella written by Melanie Karsak. I really enjoyed this story a lot and it was rather different from your average mermaid's tale! The author came up with a unique plot that unraveled beautifully right in front of your eyes. My only complaint, I think the story had such a great story here, she could have made a bigger story out of it and elaborated more on it. The pace of the book was on the faster side, which is understandable because of it being a shorte ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book made for an interesting take on the shifter experience - instead of wolves the main character is a mermaid and part of a family that includes merdolphins (mermaids/men that shift into dolphins instead of humans). We also encounter other aquatic shifters that are variants on crocodiles, snakes and more - a fabulous variant so rarely (if ever) considered. I loved reading the book and waiting to see what would pop up next, indulging in the rich descriptions and beautiful names. In fact, t ...more
A fast-paced novella that tangles with the politics both below and above the waters, and the consequences thereof.

Melanie Karsak has a way of introducing an interesting cast of characters that are both unique but nonetheless embody traits characteristic of their myth and/or creature. For example we've heard of the effects of the siren's song, but Karsak treats us to her spin on the
Leila Anani
The story in this one is fairly standard - Ink, an orphan mermaid princess is forced by her guardian uncle into a dynastic marriage with the prince of the tribe who supposedly murdered her parents. She does her duty, but her heart belongs to the alligator hybrid shifter currently in her uncle's dungeon. We have a dynastic struggle, with a power hungry villain, warring mer tribes and of course a mer heroine with special powers. Not much we haven't seen before.

However, the story is tol
More, please! I have read 3 books by this author previously and they were all novella length but I loved them. And I loved this one too. My only complaint is that I wish there were more. Maybe a series? This is a great mermaid and all sorts of other mer creatures, novella.
Mary Helen
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: got-it-ebook-mh
Ink is a unique, well-written story about a mermaid’s quest to save her tribe. There’s something for everyone...romance, murder, deceit, loyalty, fantasy...Ink covers every base. I give this book 4.8/5🌟
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous mermaid tale

I truly enjoyed reading this tale of mers and the wars between them. I also thoroughly enjoyed the change that can be seen in the main character as the story progresses.
Michele Evans
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. A different tale on mermaids - both freshwater and saltwater. A story of love and treachery and following your heart to right the wrongs of the past.
Maria Mitchell
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just kind of felt like a piece of the story was missing.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-challenge
I'd be interested in a series about Ink. I felt like this one moved a bit too quickly, though in fairness, I didn't know it was a novella before I dove in. Heh, dove in. See what I did there?
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Loved this. Just wish there was more to read. Really needs to be made into a series.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this very much. Great story and characters and would gladly read another story in this unique fantasy world.
Melissa Hayden
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, audiobook
Quick romance story to enjoy. I haven't read mermaids in a while and it was fun to read/listen to this one.

Melanie once again hits the ground running in the first chapter. It's packed full with feelings of Ink on humans, her ruling Uncle, father and mother, and implying her thoughts on her dry walking starting tonight.

*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiob
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Ink as part of the Falling in Deep box set. I really enjoyed Ink and I like how the author manages to tell a whole story in such a short novella. On the other hand I do think the title is a bit misleading as it's about so much more than the romance, in fact the romance was my least favourite part of the book.

Ink tells the story about mermaid princess Ink who get's intertwined in a dangerous plot, forced to marry a guy she doesn't want to marry she gradually finds out not every
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2015, fantasy, romance
Ink is novella with a surprising amount of substance! At only 3 hours in length ( 124 pages) Melanie Karsak manages to fit in enough of a story that I felt completely fulfilled at the end, though definitely hungry for more!

It’s been a long time since my last mermaid book, mostly because like angel books I tend to end up with some sort of issue. But Ink was one that knocked it out of the park and made me wish that this was a series instead of a novella. The story starts off in the lit
Holly Booms Walsh
I am a fan of Melanie Karsak's work. She usually writes strong female characters that don't rely on a romantic partner to make decisions or to protect her. They are always intelligent and brave, ready to do what has to be done in a moment of crisis. There's some humor and great sense of pacing to her novels.

Ink is a girl like that. She's facing threats to her people (in the form of pollution as well as feuds within the mer-folk populations). Her arranged marriage to another faction is supposed
Tamye Whitener
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal, fantasy romance lovers
Recommended to Tamye by: IBF Challenge book
Ink: A romantic mermaid adventure. She kicks butt when needed.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. It most definitely won’t be the last. I was surprised by the ability the author had to create a full, well balanced story in a novella. The world building was astounding, and the pace and tension great. I couldn’t put it down. If I had a complaint, I would say it was the lack of depth to the romance between the two main characters, Ink and Hal. Mainly I would have liked to s
Jennifer Holzapfel
Ink, an Atlantic Ocean mermaid suffers under the rule of her uncle who took the throne when her father was killed during the mer wars. She is a shifter and is to start her year on land, when she rescues Hal, a gator shifter, from the cell her uncle had just had him imprisoned in. When she returns to the throne room, she is given to a gulf mer as part of some plan her uncle devised. She does not like Manx, the mer shifter she has been betrothed to.
The very night of her one year exile on land, sh
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, The Celtic Blood Series, Steampunk Red Riding Hood, and Steampunk Fairy Tales. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Assistant Professor of English a ...more